Being an ally: Everyone has a role

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Journey for Teams: Medical professionals

Allyship is the ongoing practice of supporting and advocating with individuals who belong to historically marginalized groups, especially those different from our own. Allyship isn’t limited to big, public actions. It can be demonstrated through small, private acts and interpersonal connections.

Discover what allyship is all about in a new educational module from Journey for Teams. In Allyship, you’ll explore how you and your team can take the first steps toward becoming allies:

  • Seek out information created by groups with which you want to ally—books, blogs, documentaries, etc.—to better understand their past and present struggles.
  • Discover the various types of allyship and adopt the role that best suits you.
  • Make a commitment to interrupt conversations and actions that perpetuate stereotypes or harm historically marginalized communities.

Your feedback can improve the journey for all

Journey for Teams releases a new learning module every month, exploring topics that deepen understanding of and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Each module includes a “Feedback” button that makes it easy for you to rate and comment on its impact.  

Learn more about Journey for Teams at

Journey for Teams, developed by the AVMA in collaboration with the Veterinary Medical Association Executives, is generously supported by many industry partners.

Collaborating partners: National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America; Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

Educational partners—Trailblazers: Boehringer Ingelheim; Mars Veterinary Health; Nationwide; NAVC; National Veterinary Associates; Petco/Petco Love; Viticus Group; Zoetis

Educational partners—Adventurers:  CareCredit; Hill's Pet Nutrition; Merck Animal Health; Suveto


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